AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers have submitted 1,780 bills for consideration this session.
The Maine Senate President and House Speaker released a statement Sunday saying the number submitted before Friday's deadline is down from the first session of the previous Legislature two years ago, when 1,899 proposed laws were submitted before the deadline. This year's number will go down once duplicate bills are identified.
In the past 20 years, the number of bills submitted before the deadline has ranged from under 1,700 in 2009 to more than 2,600 in 1999.
A full list of this year's bill titles listed by subject matter is expected to be released on Jan. 28.
In the event of emergencies or other developing issues, additional bills can be introduced after the deadline with approval of legislative leaders.
Gun control and related issues are expected to account for a sizeable portion of bills for this year's legislative session in Maine after Friday's deadline for submission passed.
Details of the bills, even the number submitted, remained hazy, as legislative staff sorts through the avalanche of proposals.
Assistant House Democratic leader Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan says that among the proposals so far are propositions to reconsider gun magazine size and the current system for criminal background checks.
Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick says that once there's a better understanding of what those bills call for, lawmakers will be able to craft a comprehensive approach to gun safety.
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